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Are Windshield Mounts Legal in Your State?

Are Windshield Mounts Legal in Your State?

By RAM Mounts

February 2, 2022

Whether you’re out on a drive for a grocery store run or a cross-country trip, you’ll notice many drivers have a phone or GPS unit mounted to their windshield. But did you know that windshield mounts are illegal in most states? Distracted driving is a major cause of motor accidents and fatalities, so it’s not surprising that more states are passing hand-held and windshield mount bans.

Is it illegal to mount phones on windshields?

The short answer is that it varies by state. View our list below that breaks down the legal status state by state.

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States that allow windshield mounts:

States that allow windshield mounts with conditions:

For these eight states, mounts are either exempt from regulations or not specifically listed in these regulations. While it’s important to research your specific state’s laws*, as a general rule, mounts should be located on the bottom of a car’s windshield on the driver or passenger side.

States that don’t allow windshield mounts:

Where is the best place to mount your phone?

Driver and passenger safety is top priority on the road, so finding a good mounting location that doesn’t block your view simply comes down to personal preference – and RAM® has you covered with a variety of options.

Phone Mount with Flex Adhesive Base     Phone Mount with Flex Adhesive Base

Mounting your device to your vehicle’s dashboard is a great way to keep your device in your line of vision without the distraction on your windshield. Our Flex Adhesive Base and Portable Friction Dashboard Base  make great solutions for those who want to avoid windshield and drill-down mounts.

RAM® Tough-Mag™ 66MM Diameter Ball Base      RAM® Tough-Mag™ 66MM Diameter Ball Base

Pairing the RAM® Tough-Mag  with an adhesive plate turns this industrial-strength magnetic base into a mounting setup in unique spaces in your vehicle, eliminating the need to drill into a vehicle’s dash or other flat surfaces. Pair these two products with any B size arm and device holder.

RAM® Stubby™ Cup Holder Ball Base    RAM® Stubby™ Cup Holder Ball Base

The RAM® Stubby cup holder base is a favorite for low-profile mounting solutions. This base is weighted and has flexible support fins surrounding it, so that when you insert and twist the Stubby™  into your cupholder, you create a secure hold for your device.

Use the RAM® Mount Builder to build your perfect in-vehicle mounting solution.

* Always check with your local and state laws to ensure the legality of your windshield mount.


Do not install mounts near or over an airbag deployment area or in a location that obstructs the driver’s vision or interferes with vehicle operation. National Products, Inc does not assume responsibility or liability for any such personal injury, death or property damage.

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